eclipse[i klips′, ē-]
- The definition of an eclipse is an obscuring of light, particularly of the sun or moon or a loss of greatness.
- An example of eclipse is when the sun becomes blocked out for a few moments during the day.
- An example of eclipse is a demotion from a high job position.
- Eclipse is defined as to obscure the light of something or to make less important.
- An example of eclipse is to block out the light of the sun.
- An example of eclipse is for one athlete to outshine another.
An eclipse of the sun.
- the partial or total obscuring of one celestial body by another, esp. of the sun when the moon comes between it and the earth (called ), or of the moon when the earth's shadow is cast upon it (called )
- any overshadowing or cutting off of light
- a dimming or extinction, as of fame or glory
Origin of eclipseMiddle English ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin eclipsis ; from Classical Greek ekleipsis, an abandoning, eclipse ; from ekleipein, to leave out, fail ; from ek-, out + leipein, to leave ; from Indo-European base an unverified form leikw-, to leave from source loan, Classical Latin linquere
- a. The partial or complete obscuring, relative to a designated observer, of one celestial body by another.b. The period of time during which such an obscuration occurs.
- A temporary or permanent dimming or cutting off of light.
- a. A fall into obscurity or disuse; a decline: “A composer &ellipsis; often goes into eclipse after his death and never regains popularity” (Time).b. A disgraceful or humiliating end; a downfall: Revelations of wrongdoing helped bring about the eclipse of the governor's career.
transitive verbe·clipsed, e·clips·ing, e·clips·es
- a. To cause an eclipse of.b. To obscure; darken.
- a. To obscure or diminish in importance, fame, or reputation.b. To surpass; outshine: an outstanding performance that eclipsed the previous record.
Origin of eclipseMiddle English, from Old French, from Latin eclīpsis, from Greek ekleipsis, from ekleipein, to fail to appear, suffer an eclipse : ek-, out; see ecto– + leipein, to leave; see leikw- in Indo-European roots.
- An astronomical alignment in which a planetary object (for example, the Moon) comes between the Sun and another planetary object (for example, the Earth), resulting in a shadow being cast by the middle object onto the other object.
- A seasonal state of plumage in some birds, notably ducks, adopted temporarily after the breeding season and characterised by a dull and scruffy appearance.
- Obscurity, decline, downfall
(third-person singular simple present eclipses, present participle eclipsing, simple past and past participle eclipsed)
- Of astronomical bodies, to cause an eclipse.
- The Moon eclipsed the Sun.
- To overshadow; to be better or more noticeable than.
- The student’s skills soon eclipsed those of his teacher.
- (Irish grammar) to undergo eclipsis
From Old French eclipse, from Latin eclīpsis, from Ancient Greek ἔκλειψις (ekleipsis, “eclipse”), from ἐκλείπω (ekleipō, “I abandon/I got missing/I vanish”), from ἐκ (ek, “out”) and λείπω (leipō, “I leave behind”).
eclipse - Computer Definition
(1) An open source Java-based platform for integrating software tools for application development. Running under Windows and Linux, it provides a universal platform for tools created as Eclipse plug-ins. IBM started the Eclipse consortium in late 2001 with $40 million and donated a large amount of code. In 2004, it was spun off as an independent foundation. For more information, visit www.eclipse.org. See NetBeans.
(2) (ECLIPSE) An early series of 32-bit minicomputers from Data General. The development of the initial 32-bit ECLIPSE MV/8000 was the subject of Tracy Kidder's best-selling book, "Soul of a New Machine" published in 1981 by Little, Brown and Company.